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Ronald McDonald House Des Moines receives $2.3 million gift to kick off Capital Campaign at Mercy

Des Moines, Iowa – – Ronald McDonald House Des Moines has received the single largest cash gift in its history: $2.3 million, as part of a $100 million donation from global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) to Ronald McDonald House.

The gift kicks off the House’s “You Are the Key to our House” capital campaign. The $4 million campaign will fund a Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Medical Center. Construction is slated to begin January 2019, increasing the nonprofit’s capacity to serve families by 40 percent. Mercy Foundation will assist in raising around 25 percent of the goal.

In 2017, Ronald McDonald House – Central Iowa served over 400 families from across Iowa, 47 percent of which were Mercy patients. The Ronald McDonald House Family Room currently at Mercy regularly exceeds its capacity, leading many families to be directed to the House two miles away, which poses a significant challenge for families needing to stay within close proximity of their child at Mercy.

The new Ronald McDonald House will provide nightly accommodations for out of town families as well as providing respite for our day guests. The new RMH will feature 14 bedrooms and all the home like amenities needed to help keep families close.

“We are excited to further expand our services to Mercy by providing a new comforting home, a safe refuge and a community of families supporting each other in difficult times for families with young child patients,” said Mark Hasek, Senior Vice President at Graham Construction and President of the Ronald McDonald House Des Moines board.

“It is very important for a child’s family to be able to stay close during medical treatment, and having a House within the hospital will allow us to accomplish this goal.” said Dr. Cary Murphy, Ronald McDonald House Des Moines board member and Neonatologist at Mercy Children’s Hospital.

“During this difficult and stressful time for families the Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa is committed to providing a place of refuge so that they can direct their focus to what is most important: being at the bedside and taking care of their child.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities’ three core programs have more than 275 chapters across 64 countries and regions. They aim to help families with sick children stay together and close to medical facilities while the children receive care.


About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of over 275 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC helps families with sick children stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care.

About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Mercy operates four not-for-profit, Catholic hospital campuses, with a total of 875 beds, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates.  Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 99 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.

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